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27th May '17 8:26:16 AM Malady
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* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''[[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/904 Her Father's Daughter]]'', Linda knows her father is her father, but she seriously doubts that her sister is her sister. When she turns eighteen, she learns that her mother DiedInChildbirth, and when her father remarried, he and his new wife had agreed to raise their children like actual sisters. (But it couldn't be hidden because it was InTheBlood.)

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* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''[[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/904 Her Father's Daughter]]'', ''Literature/HerFathersDaughter'': Linda knows her father is her father, but she seriously doubts that her sister is her sister. When she turns eighteen, she learns that her mother DiedInChildbirth, mother's DeathByChildbirth, and when her father remarried, he and his new wife had agreed to raise their children like actual sisters. (But it couldn't be hidden because it was InTheBlood.)



* The main charachter of ''Mio, My Mio'' by Creator/AstridLindgren is this. His actual father is a king in a magical land.

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* The main charachter character of ''Mio, My Mio'' by Creator/AstridLindgren is this. His actual father is a king in a magical land.
20th May '17 8:08:04 AM Discar
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->"When I was a kid, I used to wish some stranger would come and tell me my family wasn't really my family. They weren't bad people, they were just… insignificant. And I wanted to be different. Special. I wanted to change. A new name; a new life. The watchmaker's son… tick… became a watchmaker. It is so futile. And I wanted to be… important."

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->"When ->''"When I was a kid, I used to wish some stranger would come and tell me my family wasn't really my family. They weren't bad people, they were just… just... insignificant. And I wanted to be different. Special. I wanted to change. A new name; a new life. The watchmaker's son… tick… son... tick... became a watchmaker. It is so futile. And I wanted to be… be... important.""''



* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' Agatha doesn't know that she's sole surviving heir to a dynasty of {{Mad Scientist}}s, or that her adoptive parents are their iconic assistants Punch and Judy (although she did know they were Frankenstein-esque "constructs"). She preferred her normal life. In a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] of sorts, [[spoiler: her mother is evil, and she has tried to possess Agatha, practically succeeding.]]
** Gilgamesh believed himself to be an orphan taken into the Baron's care, and spent the first years of his life at the bottom of the pecking order established by the other kids on Castle Wulfenbach. He used to imagine who his parents might have been (maybe even a lost Heterodyne!). After a couple of [[RedHerring red herrings]], he finally found out he was the heir to the Wulfenbach empire, raised in secret for his own protection. Unfortunately that revelation (and the need to keep it secret) drove a wedge between him and his friends, especially his former best friend Tarvek, a situation not helped by his father intercepting all of their attempted correspondence. [[spoiler:Actually, Gil gets a double dose since his mother is the amazonian Queen of the fabled hidden LadyLand of Skifander, as shown by his ability to ''throw an entire titan-class clank'' (though he did sprain his shoulder doing it) and his father believes Gil had to be kept hidden from his mother's people as well for reasons he has yet to explain.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
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Agatha doesn't know that she's sole surviving heir to a dynasty of {{Mad Scientist}}s, or that her adoptive parents are their iconic assistants Punch and Judy (although she did know they were Frankenstein-esque "constructs"). She preferred her normal life. In a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] of sorts, [[spoiler: her mother is evil, and she has tried to possess Agatha, practically succeeding.]]
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** Gilgamesh believed himself to be an orphan taken into the Baron's care, and spent the first years of his life at the bottom of the pecking order established by the other kids on Castle Wulfenbach. He used to imagine who his parents might have been (maybe even a lost Heterodyne!). After a couple of [[RedHerring red herrings]], he finally found out he was the heir to the Wulfenbach empire, raised in secret for his own protection. Unfortunately that revelation (and the need to keep it secret) drove a wedge between him and his friends, especially his former best friend Tarvek, a situation not helped by his father someone intercepting all of their attempted correspondence. [[spoiler:Actually, Gil gets a double dose since his mother is the amazonian Queen of the fabled hidden LadyLand of Skifander, as shown by his ability to ''throw an entire titan-class clank'' (though he did sprain his shoulder doing it) and his father believes Gil had to be kept hidden from his mother's people as well for reasons he has yet to explain.]]
9th Apr '17 9:23:07 AM nombretomado
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* The RogerZelazny novel ''Changeling'' has its plot built on this trope. No, it is not the TropeNamer (see ChangelingTale). It's a subversion because Pol (né Daniel) acknowledges that the family that raised him was nothing but supportive, and openly admits that his real father was a terrible man when he went off the deep end, especially after learning more in ''Madwand''.

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* The RogerZelazny Creator/RogerZelazny novel ''Changeling'' has its plot built on this trope. No, it is not the TropeNamer (see ChangelingTale). It's a subversion because Pol (né Daniel) acknowledges that the family that raised him was nothing but supportive, and openly admits that his real father was a terrible man when he went off the deep end, especially after learning more in ''Madwand''.
23rd Mar '17 8:31:33 PM Pichu-kun
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* The heroine of ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms''. There's a tinge of deconstruction, however, as Youko has to massively adjust to her new circumstances and seriously dislikes having people bow to her. Yet ultimately, massive political headaches and frequent coups are still preferable to her old life.

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* ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'':
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The heroine of ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms''.''The Twelve Kingdoms''. There's a tinge of deconstruction, however, as Youko has to massively adjust to her new circumstances and seriously dislikes having people bow to her. Yet ultimately, massive political headaches and frequent coups are still preferable to her old life.



* Franchise/{{Superman}} values both his Kryptonian heritage and his foster parents. However, this perception varies from medium to medium or even from [[DependingOnTheWriter writer to writer]]. His origin doesn't fit this trope very well either way; in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, he always knew he was Kryptonian due to super memory of his early years on Krypton. In the ComicBook/PostCrisis take, Superman didn't know he was Kryptonian until adulthood but it was evident long before then that he wasn't human (or at least, a normal human). In the latter version, he tends to cling to his human values and upbringing (especially in the Smallville series).

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* Franchise/{{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}}:
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values both his Kryptonian heritage and his foster parents. However, this perception varies from medium to medium or even from [[DependingOnTheWriter writer to writer]]. His origin doesn't fit this trope very well either way; in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, he always knew he was Kryptonian due to super memory of his early years on Krypton. In the ComicBook/PostCrisis take, Superman didn't know he was Kryptonian until adulthood but it was evident long before then that he wasn't human (or at least, a normal human). In the latter version, he tends to cling to his human values and upbringing (especially in the Smallville ''Smallville'' series).



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* In ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'', Shasta turns out, in the end, to be a prince. An unusual example in that TheReveal comes after the climax; he goes through the entire book believing himself to be a commoner. He does overhear at the beginning, though, that the man he thought was his father really found and adopted him, and he briefly fantasizes that he might be anyone, even royalty. Then he has to run away and seems to forget all about it.
** Shasta is also an unusual example in that, although he's happy enough to learn that King Lune and Prince Corin are his father and brother, he's considerably less thrilled to discover that this means he'll have to be king someday. (His brother Corin is delighted to be shoved off the throne. "Princes have all the fun!")

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* In ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'', Shasta turns out, in the end, to be a prince. An unusual example in that TheReveal comes after the climax; he goes through the entire book believing himself to be a commoner. He does overhear at the beginning, though, that the man he thought was his father really found and adopted him, and he briefly fantasizes that he might be anyone, even royalty. Then he has to run away and seems to forget all about it.
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it. Shasta is also an unusual example in that, although he's happy enough to learn that King Lune and Prince Corin are his father and brother, he's considerably less thrilled to discover that this means he'll have to be king someday. (His brother Corin is delighted to be shoved off the throne. "Princes have all the fun!")


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* It's mentioned in ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'' that Jess has these fantasies due to the fact he is considered so unusual compared to the rest of his town (or really, the entire town). Subverted as he's not adopted.
1st Jan '17 11:41:37 PM jerodast
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* Odo in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' discovered that he was actually a member of a dangerous race of [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifters]] who were also the leaders of [[TheEmpire The Dominion]], the BigBad of the series. Bonus points here, because his species was (due to their powers) actually ''called'' "changelings". This was presumably an intentional joke.
** Subverted by the fact that it's evident from the beginning that Odo is from another species (its more the revelation of what place his species occupy in the Dominion that comes as the shock) and by the fact that Odo's adoptive culture is friendlier then his home culture.
** The more regular explanation for the name "Changeling" is the Founders' ability to impersonate humanoids and use this for infiltration--that's what the [[ChangelingTale Changelings did in legends]] (pretended to be human and corrupted others).

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* Odo in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' discovered that he was actually a member of a dangerous race of [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifters]] who were also the leaders of [[TheEmpire The Dominion]], the BigBad of the series. Bonus points here, because his species was (due to their powers) actually ''called'' "changelings". "changelings", just as the [[ChangelingTale changelings in legends]] did.
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This was presumably an intentional joke.
** Subverted by the fact
is a variation in that it's evident from the beginning that Odo is from another species (its more the revelation of what place his species occupy in the Dominion that comes as the shock) shock), although he has no clue who they are and longs for their discovery just as in the trope.
** Subverted
by the fact that Odo's adoptive culture is friendlier then his home culture.
** The more regular explanation for the name "Changeling" is the Founders' ability to impersonate humanoids and use this for infiltration--that's what the [[ChangelingTale Changelings did in legends]] (pretended to be human and corrupted others).
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29th Dec '16 3:47:48 PM Schol-R-LEA
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* Inverted by Nacht in WhateleyUniverse: she was raised by the Bell Witch to be both a supervillain and her personal cat's paw. She resists throughout her life, but is twisted into a SnarkKnight as a result, as she magically bound to obey her mother and cannot avoid her call when she shows up. Marzena's power over her is only broken when the [[OrphansPlotTrinket locket which she is bound with breaks open]], revealing the face of Kate's ''real'' mother, something Nacht ''never suspected''.

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* Inverted by Nacht in WhateleyUniverse: Literature/WhateleyUniverse: she was raised by the Bell Witch to be both a supervillain and her personal cat's paw. She resists throughout her life, but is twisted into a SnarkKnight as a result, as she magically bound to obey her mother and cannot avoid her call when she shows up. Marzena's power over her is only broken when the [[OrphansPlotTrinket locket which she is bound with breaks open]], revealing the face of Kate's ''real'' mother, something Nacht ''never suspected''.
4th Dec '16 12:16:23 PM rafi
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* The protagonist wishing for this is what drives the entire plot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}''.



* The protagonist wishing for this is what drives the entire plot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' uses the "evil real family" subversion, with a surprising lack of GenreBlindness--the BigBad is aware of this trope and exploits it.
** Well… more just an [[TheEvilPrince evil older brother.]] In the comics, we see a vision of Elyon's birth parents, who seem to have been good people before dying.
* Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' TV series had the lead's dull foster parents turn up to a parent evening, rather than his divine parents like he expected.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', "Princess Angelica": Angelica convinces herself she's really a princess, and when the "Home Office King" comes to fix her mother's fax machine, stows away in his truck.



* In the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' animated series, Franklin Sakamoto is kidnapped [[spoiler: by his second-in-command, who had been secretly watching over him the whole time. It is revealed that Sakamoto was the illegitimate son of the Coordinator of the Draconis Combine. With the legitimate heir captured by the Clans, a group of hard-liners decide to use him as a figurehead, so they could remove the aging Takashi Kurita. Franklin escapes them, and in front of both the hardliners and the Combine agents sent to kill him, renounces his claim on the throne. Double-subverted in the game itself, as, after the events of the series, the Coordinator and his family accept him anyway]].



* In the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' animated series, Franklin Sakamoto is kidnapped [[spoiler: by his second-in-command, who had been secretly watching over him the whole time. It is revealed that Sakamoto was the illegitimate son of the Coordinator of the Draconis Combine. With the legitimate heir captured by the Clans, a group of hard-liners decide to use him as a figurehead, so they could remove the aging Takashi Kurita. Franklin escapes them, and in front of both the hardliners and the Combine agents sent to kill him, renounces his claim on the throne. Double-subverted in the game itself, as, after the events of the series, the Coordinator and his family accept him anyway]].
* Happens to Bloom, the protagonist of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub:'' First she learns [[ChangelingTale that she's a fairy]], and then is revealed that her parents aren't her real parents, and that she's a princess of another world. It's averted, since Mike and Vanessa (Bloom's foster parents) are very loving, caring and supportive.

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* Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' TV series had the lead's dull foster parents turn up to a parent evening, rather than his divine parents like he expected.
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}} Skwisgaar Skwigelf]] convinces himself he's a god (or half-god; being very into Viking mythology to the point of swearing on the names of Odin, it may not make much difference) because he doesn't know who his mortal father is, and because his mother's neglect and promiscuity was what drove him into the snow, only to discover and subsequently learn to play the guitar he found in a cave. This may or may not be true; there's a theory [[EpilepticTrees amongst the fans]] that Dimneld Selftcark, Toki's guitar teacher, was Skwisgaar's biological father.
* In the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' animated series, Franklin Sakamoto ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' episode "Princess Problems", Patch is kidnapped [[spoiler: by his second-in-command, who had been secretly watching over him suspected of being a long-lost princess, but the whole time. It is revealed that Sakamoto was the illegitimate son of the Coordinator of the Draconis Combine. With the legitimate heir captured by the Clans, a group of hard-liners decide tomboyish Patch does ''not'' look forward to use him as a figurehead, so they could remove the aging Takashi Kurita. Franklin escapes them, having to leave her friends and in front of both the hardliners and the Combine agents sent to kill him, renounces his claim on the throne. Double-subverted in the game itself, as, after the events of the series, the Coordinator and his family accept him anyway]].
* Happens to Bloom,
behind for the protagonist life of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub:'' First she learns [[ChangelingTale that she's a fairy]], and then is revealed that her parents aren't her real parents, and that she's a royalty. Fortunately, it turns out Patch isn't the princess of another world. It's averted, since Mike and Vanessa (Bloom's foster parents) are very loving, caring and supportive.they were looking for.



* [[{{WesternAnimation/Metalocalypse}} Skwisgaar Skwigelf]] convinces himself he's a god (or half-god; being very into Viking mythology to the point of swearing on the names of Odin, it may not make much difference) because he doesn't know who his mortal father is, and because his mother's neglect and promiscuity was what drove him into the snow, only to discover and subsequently learn to play the guitar he found in a cave. This may or may not be true; there's a theory [[EpilepticTrees amongst the fans]] that Dimneld Selftcark, Toki's guitar teacher, was Skwisgaar's biological father.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' episode "Princess Problems", Patch is suspected of being a long-lost princess, but the tomboyish Patch does ''not'' look forward to having to leave her friends and family behind for the life of royalty. Fortunately, it turns out Patch isn't the princess they were looking for.

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* [[{{WesternAnimation/Metalocalypse}} Skwisgaar Skwigelf]] convinces himself he's a god (or half-god; being very into Viking mythology to the point of swearing on the names of Odin, it may not make much difference) because he doesn't know who his mortal father is, and because his mother's neglect and promiscuity was what drove him into the snow, only to discover and subsequently learn to play the guitar he found in a cave. This may or may not be true; there's a theory [[EpilepticTrees amongst the fans]] that Dimneld Selftcark, Toki's guitar teacher, was Skwisgaar's biological father.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' episode
''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', "Princess Problems", Patch is suspected of being Angelica": Angelica convinces herself she's really a long-lost princess, but and when the tomboyish Patch does ''not'' look forward "Home Office King" comes to having to leave fix her friends mother's fax machine, stows away in his truck.
* Happens to Bloom, the protagonist of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub:'' First she learns [[ChangelingTale that she's a fairy]],
and family behind for the life of royalty. Fortunately, it turns out Patch isn't the then is revealed that her parents aren't her real parents, and that she's a princess they were looking for.of another world. It's averted, since Mike and Vanessa (Bloom's foster parents) are very loving, caring and supportive.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' uses the "evil real family" subversion, with a surprising lack of GenreBlindness--the BigBad is aware of this trope and exploits it.
** Well… more just an [[TheEvilPrince evil older brother.]] In the comics, we see a vision of Elyon's birth parents, who seem to have been good people before dying.
2nd Dec '16 8:21:56 AM Gaby007
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* This trope is invoked in ''Fanfic/BlacckatsReverse'' when Kurama decides to play himself as Naruto's uncle and ends up kidnapping him. Naruto doesn't mind, because Kurama showers him with love, teaches him things about his parents and how to protect himself, and makes him meet other kids like him - who also become Kurama's wards via abduction.

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* This trope is invoked in ''Fanfic/BlacckatsReverse'' ''Fanfic/BlackkatsReverse'' when Kurama decides to play himself as Naruto's uncle and ends up kidnapping him. Naruto doesn't mind, because Kurama showers him with love, teaches him things about his parents and how to protect himself, and makes him meet other kids like him - who also become Kurama's wards via abduction.
2nd Dec '16 8:21:20 AM Gaby007
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* This trope is invoked in ''FanFic/BlacckatsReverse'' when Kurama decides to play himself as Naruto's uncle and ends up kidnapping him. Naruto doesn't mind, because Kurama showers him with love, teaches him things about his parents and how to protect himself, and makes him meet other kids like him - who also become Kurama's wards via abduction.

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* This trope is invoked in ''FanFic/BlacckatsReverse'' ''Fanfic/BlacckatsReverse'' when Kurama decides to play himself as Naruto's uncle and ends up kidnapping him. Naruto doesn't mind, because Kurama showers him with love, teaches him things about his parents and how to protect himself, and makes him meet other kids like him - who also become Kurama's wards via abduction.
1st Dec '16 8:55:29 AM Gaby007
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* This trope is invoked in ''FanFic/BlacckatsReverse'' when Kurama decides to play himself as Naruto's uncle and ends up kidnapping him. Naruto doesn't mind, because Kurama showers him with love, teaches him things about his parents and how to protect himself, and makes him meet other kids like him - who also become Kurama's wards via abduction.
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